The Indian Army on Saturday felicitated two railway employees – Darshan Kumar and Satpal – who averted a major bomb blast by detecting five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted on a railway bridge near Dinanagar town on the Dinanagar-Pathankot route on Monday (27 July).
A passenger train carrying over 250 passengers was to pass through the tracks five minutes after the two men detected the live bombs.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt General KJ Singh felicitated the two Gatemen Special Carts of Indian Railways, Darshan Kumar and Satpal, at a function in the Tiger Division near Jammu. Satpal was given the Army Commander's Commendation Card as well.
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"On 27 July, during anti-terrorist operations at Dinanagar, Gurdaspur, these two 'Jagruk Hindustani' were instrumental in saving the lives of train passengers by detecting five planted IEDs (improvised explosive devices) on the railway track from Dinanagar to Pathankot," IANS quoted an Army spokesman as saying.
"Had it not been for their swift alertness and sense of responsibility, the local passenger train would have crossed over the IEDs," he added.
At least three civilians and five security personnel were killed on 27 July in the 12-hour long encounter between three terrorists and the Punjab police, NSG and the Indian Army in Dinanagar town. All the three terrorists, who reportedly came from Pakistan, were killed at the end of the encounter.
More people would have fallen victim to the terror attack had the two railway men not spotted the suspicious objects on the track on a small bridge over a rivulet.
Soon after they informed about the live bombs, the railway authorities stopped all trains on the Pathankot-Amritsar route.